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Union, BellSouth Reach a Deal

The tentative contract includes a 10.5% raise over five years and averts a possible strike.

August 09, 2004|From Associated Press and Bloomberg News

ATLANTA — BellSouth Corp. and the Communications Workers of America reached a tentative agreement on a five-year contract Saturday night, averting a possible strike hours before the previous contract was to expire at midnight.

"We are pleased that once again the company and CWA have been able to work together successfully to find solutions to the complex issues facing our business," said Dick Sibbernsen, vice president of human resources for BellSouth.

The agreement "achieves our members' key goals of safeguarding healthcare for active and retired workers and strengthening employment security by providing new access for members to jobs in the growth areas of the company," said CWA District 3 Vice President Jimmy Smith.

The new contract, which covers 45,000 employees in nine states, includes a 10.5% increase in base wages over the five years, pension improvement and "a healthcare solution that enables BellSouth to continue to provide high-quality, affordable healthcare," the union said.

BellSouth is the dominant local phone provider in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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